November 18th The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul – Gospel Reading (Matthew 14:22-33)

(Tell me to come to you across the water.)

After the crowds had eaten as much as they wanted,

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat

and go on ahead to the other side

while he would send the crowds away.

After sending the crowds away

he went up into the hills by himself to pray.

When evening came,

he was there alone, while the boat,

by now far out on the lake,

was battling with a heavy sea,

for there was a headwind.

In the fourth watch of the night

he went towards them, walking on the lake,

and when the disciples saw him

walking on the lake they were terrified.

“It is a ghost”

they said,

and cried out in fear.

But at once Jesus called out to them, saying,

“Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.”

It was Peter who answered.

“Lord,”

he said

“if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.”

“Come”

said Jesus.

Then Peter got out of the boat

and started walking towards Jesus

across the water,

but as soon as he felt the force of the wind,

he took fright and began to sink.

“Lord! Save me!”

he cried.

Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.

“Man of little faith,”

he said

“why did you doubt?”

And as they got into the boat

the wind dropped.

The men in the boat bowed down before him

and said,

“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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